If you've ever ordered a glass of wine at a restaurant and proceeded to nurse your baby, you know all about the harsh looks and eye rolls you're bound to get. The topic of breastfeeding and alcohol is often shrugged off as negligent parenting and nothing more. Society is packed with myths about drinking and breastfeeding — making it a bit of a taboo subject. But guess what? According to fact (not myth) alcohol and breastfeeding don't have to be mutually exclusive. With the proper precautions, it's perfectly safe for a nursing mom to drink an adult beverage or two.
One of the biggest set backs these common myths perpetuate is further pushing moms away from breastfeeding for fear that it will be too restricting. Similarly, drinking while breastfeeding is vastlydifferent than drinking while pregnant, which according to La Leche League International, is greatly discouraged since the alcohol passes directly into the baby's bloodstream via the placenta. Drinking while breastfeeding is a bit different, as you'll soon see after these popular myths are debunked.
In fact, one study published in the National Institutes of Health hypothesized that lactating moms get significantly less drunk than non-lactating moms due to blood ethanol levels that are five times lower than non-lactating levels. So whatever your preconceived notions about breastfeeding and that glass of red wine are, leave your assumptions at the door, because these myths are just that: myth.